Green MEP meets with EU Chief Brexit Negotiator to talk Good Friday Agreement on 20th anniversary

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Peace Process Support group, met with Michel Barnier in Brussels on the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement (Tuesday, 10 April).

The senior Green politician and the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator discussed the impact of the Good Friday Agreement and the need to protect it post-Brexit.

Michel Barnier reiterated that on the Irish border question, the UK must find a solution that is acceptable to 27 EU member states by October. Without a solution, there will be no transition or post-Brexit trade deal, he confirmed.

After the meeting, Mr Taylor said:

“It is as dumbfounding as it is dangerous that, on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most important peace accords in Britain’s recent history, senior Labour frontbenchers and Government Ministers have both dismissed the importance of this vital collective achievement. And all in service of both Labour and the Conservatives’ blind ideological commitment to Brexit.”

“In these most uncertain of times, we must take extra care to recognise and safeguard the Good Friday Agreement, we cannot allow Brexit fantasies to tear it asunder. The EU will not accept that and nor should any responsible and sensible British politician.”

“The British Government needs to stop pinning its hopes on Brexit unicorns and magical thinking; now is time for real and actual solutions to the Irish border issue. Peace is too important to be sacrificed on the altar of a shambolic Brexit.”